Algiers - The Underside of Power
The Underside of Power
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ryanreviews
56
Controversial opinion but this just sounds like slightly better Imagine Dragons
NewDawnFadez
85
Algiers’ blend of post-punk, new wave, gothic rock, soul, and even gospel makes for one of the most unique and admirable rock albums in recent memory, that continues to blow me away with its stellar production, engaging songwriting, and masterful cohesion.

Best tracks: Walk Like a Panther, Cry of The Martyrs, The Underside of Power, Death March, Hymn for an Average Man, Bury Me I’m standing, The Cycle
Worst tracks: Plague Years
LepardRyan
80
Slaps
zaxapitsa
68
Over-dramatic over-saturated industrial gospel is the kind of exciting stuff I expect the youth to come up with to break the millenial monotony.
ryansliao
77
No other album this year so far has hit harder or sank deeper than this political post punk masterpiece. Just sonically, I could justify giving this a high score. They somehow managed to blend the guitars and the electronic percussion perfectly, even going as far as dedicating an entire track to an electronic breakdown. The political undertones are just as sharp as they were on their debut. And luckily, these themes are framed as humanity's struggle with itself, not some of the tribal ... read more
itsyahboinoah
85
Algiers sophomore album the underside of power hits harder than a brick, their political charged project hits a high as their fantastic great unique fusion of gospel/post-punk, shows the boys that they are capable to make blood-bumping as well as menacing dark undertone of tracks for myself to play this on repeat time to time. Imo this is just a notch above their last self-titled album. Hopefully, the boys will get great recognition in the future, as no other few bands like them take a unique ... read more
imimesis
55
A plodding slog. I couldn't finish it.
90
A unique fusion of gospel and industrial with a political edge. If this isn't the soundtrack to some sort of political revolution in the future, I'll be shocked
TheGoffOff
90
Stellar album with an utterly unique aesthetic. I'd call it "milennial punk", but there is actual punk made by milennials -- needless to say it perfectly captures the rage of today's youth while also incorporating gospel vocals and industrial sounds. One of the best records of 2017.

Best tracks: Walk Like a Panther, The Underside of Power, Mme Redux, The Cycle/The Spiral
808thDimension
80
post-industrial-gospel-post-punk YES

faves: Walk Like a Panther, Cry of the Martyrs, The Underside of Power, Cleveland, Animals, Plague Years, The Cycle/The Spiral: Time to Go Down Slowly
asowersby
94
This is where rock should be heading
Sappy
85
Top Favorite: The Underside Of Power
Other Favorites: Animals, Mme Rieux, Cleveland
Least Favorite: Bury Me Standing
panoramareviews
50
Basándome en las canciones que sí me gustaron, veo que hay potencial en Algiers. No quiero matarlos y cerrarme tampoco a la totalidad de lo que hacen porque simplemente no me gustó un disco de ellos. Lo que demuestran en The Underside of Power es para darles otra oportunidad.

Canciones Favoritas: Mme Rieux, Hymn for an Average Man, The Underside of Power.
75
Algiers' sophomore album oscillates between trully brilliant and rather regrettable moments. Still, their politicised industrial gospel rock is unique, so (unlike P4k) I forgive them their inconsistencies.
CocoCrisper
70
Why is this lo-fi?
SeaBass
89
Politically one of the strongest albums this year, and next to powerful lyrics. The urgency of the voice and instruments with the lo-fi aesthetic make it feel like it’s the pumping heart and soul of a revolution. There grit and guts all over this album, and it brings the same out in me. It makes me want to do, create, build, change. Also shout and let out my whole expression.

More: https://medium.com/@bentn/my-top-40-albums-of-2017-fafe0848a2bf
plowo
79
Punks in the church.

Favs: Walk Like a Panther, Cry of the Martyrs, The Underside of Power, Death March, Cleveland, Animals and The Cycle / The Spiral: Time to Go Down Slowly.
OmarElDark
40
musica para un comercial de carros.
wolfgangAMADEUS
83
GREAT PRODUCTION
GOOD COMPOSITION
GREAT IDEAS
GOOD INNOVATION
MusicJunkieDad
92
Atlanta quartet Algiers powerfully avoid the sophomore slump with one of the most politically-charged, vital, and relevant albums of 2017.

Favorite Tracks: The Underside Of Power, Death March, The Cycle/The Spiral: Time To Go Down Slowly, Cleveland, Walk Like A Panther, Cry Of The Martyrs, Hymn For An Average Man, Plague Years

Least Favorite Track: A Murmur. A Sign

Algiers - The Underside Of Power | Released on June 23, 2017 | Post-Punk, Neo-Soul, Gospel, Experimental | 12 Tracks, 44:24 | ... read more
DachetG
80
The album is best described as angry gospel rock. Intense and powerful, but all the energy is expended in the beginning, and starts to taper down as the album continues. If it stayed constant, it could have been an eight-point-five or higher. As of now, eight.

BEST – 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12
01. Walk Like a Panther – 9 – Liked it, but would have preferred the talking cut off at the beginning.
02. Cry of the Martyrs – 9 -
03. The Underside of Power – 9
04. Death March ... read more
FlimFlam
70
Honestly, I was expecting more from this album. I love, love, love the unique mix of gospel vocals with the electronic, post-punk sound, but on this album, I feel like the plan was better than the execution. That doesn’t mean it never connects for me, because it definitely does, and on those tracks, Algiers are really something special. I just do not feel that they sustained it over the length of this record. There were just too many indistinguishable tracks that I’ve already ... read more
DukesAtmosphere
80
Powerfully anchored by the poignancy and politics of the album’s title track, The Underside Of Power harkens back to a bygone era when the Motown sound of young America was taking it to the streets and acts like The Temptations and Edwin Starr helped give voice to the nation’s youth with scorching tracks Ball Of Confusion and War. And as much as those records were a sign of the times so is the latest by Algiers, current, modern and of it’s day. A head turning genre bending ... read more
Joshua0_o
84
One of the first records this year that dares to try something completely different. The hard hitting, soaring industrial rock is complemented with these really soulful but powerful vocals and weirdly enough, it all works really well together.

Fav tracks: Cry of the Martyrs, The Underside of Power, A Murmur. A Sign., Cleveland, The Cycle / The Spiral: Time to Go Down Slowly

Least fav tracks: Plague Years
Br
85
I don't know that any album in recent memory has haunted me like this album has. Evocative of Marvin Gaye's 1971 classic "What's Goin' On", the second album by Atlanta-based Algiers is very much rooted in the shifting political and cultural sands of present-day America and openly questions throughout the record just what the hell has happened to the country they thought they knew. The uncertainty the band feel about their nation's current reality and its troubled past comes storming ... read more
Pike
86
Aggressive but meaningful and relevant album we got here. Diverse but still organized and coherent. This album needs to be acknowledged as one of the best of the year, especially with the current sociopolitical climate that we currently reside in. Definitely check this album out!

8.6/10
MySoftBulletin
NR
guess i just don't see the appeal
twwalter
85
Algiers get more experimental with their sophomore album and really perfect their blend of southern gospel with dreary old-school post-punk. The combination makes the Atlanta quartet refreshingly unique. That's only the sound, the grim topics of living in a conservative area during a fascist regime are hauntingly serene.

Favorite tracks: The Underside of Power, Death March, Cleveland, Plague YEars
JohnLouisHoward
90
holy manoli
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